HP is introducing a new section on
its Jazz Web site which lists available MPE/iX beta test patches. The
site lists all available BT patches for releases 6.5, 7.0, and 7.5,
and is updated daily. The new section
identifies the patches, which are have been tested inside HP, at
a minimum, but are not yet ready for General Release (GR). HP will
not move patches from beta test to GR status until they have been
tested at one or more customer sites. Patches available for public
downloads from the HP IT Resource Center, for example, are GR
The Jazz listings dont
provide customers any links to download the beta test software.
HPs procedures require that customers be on HP support to
receive beta test patches, in part to provide a means to report on
HP said it developed the Web site
was developed in response to discussions held at the HP World 2004
SIGMPE meeting. By publishing the list of BT patches, we hope
customers will volunteer to become a Beta Test site for one or more
patches, said HPs Jeff Vance. HP 3000 customers have
become reluctant to beta test MPE patches, hoping to keep changes to
their systems to a minimum and ensure reliability.
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